Indian women and the Raj
Time: 20:00 - 21:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HWH65
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
How were Indian women portrayed in colonial writings and how did they manage, negotiate, contest and protest assumptions about their lives? Why does gender history matter and what can it tell us about the history of British colonialism and India? On this six-week course we will explore the representations and reality of Indian women’s lives during the British colonial era.
Taking a different key theme each week, including sati, widow remarriage, education and the nationalist movement, we will assess the status of Indian women during the British Raj and how they forged a presence in key colonial debates, fought in rebellions and contributed to civil rights protests.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Week 1: feminine and masculine identities: a gentle introduction to gender history and its significance for colonial studies
- Week 2: The sati (widow immolation) debates
- Week 3: Entering the private sphere: widow remarriage & purdah
- Week 4: More than a mutiny? Women and the rebellion of 1857/8
- Week 5: Indian women and education
- Week 6: Indian women and the nationalist movement.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Assess the significance of gender studies for colonial history and the inclusion of Indian women’s voices in debates about the period
- Evaluate how women were portrayed in colonial discourse on sati, and the challenges facing Hindu widows in the 1800s
- Assess the role Indian women played in the Hindu widow remarriage debates
- Evaluate and explain the role women played in the rebellion of 1857/8
- Explain the gradual movement of Indian women into education and assess the role of Christian missionaries in promoting education
- Assess the roles that women played in the Indian nationalist movement.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge of the topic is necessary. Student participation is actively encouraged, so an open mind and a willingness to constructively engage in discussions is all that is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through interactive class-based discussions and debates. You will be provided with access to Google Classroom, where you will find reading resources and a book reading list.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring a pen and notebook/paper to class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HPC110 Rising powers: India
HWH66 Who owns culture? The politics and poetics of decolonising museum displays
HWH67 Short histories of empire in South-East Asia
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